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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Wins Vincentric 2013 "Best Fleet Value In America" Award



  Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Wins Vincentric 2013 "Best Fleet Value In America"
                                    Award

Vincentric award received for the second year in a row is an authentic
indicator that three Mercedes-Benz Sprinter models really do have the most
compelling cost of ownership and long-term value.

PR Newswire

MONTVALE, N.J., April 23, 2013

MONTVALE, N.J., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter won the
"2013 Best Fleet Value in America" award from Vincentric for the second year
in a row for three of its most successful models.  To determine the 2013
Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards, Vincentric analyzed over 3,400
vehicle configurations in 20 different lifecycle cost scenarios, using 8 cost
factors including depreciation, fees, and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance,
maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs.  The lifecycle costs were measured
in all 50 states plus DC, with over 25,000,000 lifecycle cost measurements
being used to determine the winning vehicles.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130423/NY99884)

"Winning the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America award for the second time
in a row for our 3/4 Ton Passenger Van, 3/4 Ton Full Size Cargo Van, and 1 Ton
Full Size Cargo Van is confirmation that owning a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will
provide the most compelling real-world cost of ownership to our valued
customers," said Claus Tritt, General Manager of Commercial Vans for
Mercedes-Benz USA.  "Our growing dealer network, known for providing
world-class levels of customer service, also play a significant role in
treating our commercial customers fairly and respecting their busy
professional schedules during all hours of the day or night."

"Our awards look to provide guidance to all types of fleet buyers, and the
fact that we have winners from a variety of manufacturers illustrates the
growing competition in the fleet market," stated David Wurster, President of
Vincentric.  "By segmenting the awards and analyzing different
mileage/lifecycle timeframe scenarios, vehicle buyers have guidance for
determining the fleet vehicle that best meets the needs of their
organization."

The Sprinter Success Story

The success story of the Sprinter commercial vehicle has been attributed to
its highly practical design and outstanding quality, which translate to
best-in-class cargo capacity and low operating costs.  With its efficient
BlueTEC diesel engine, the Sprinter gets higher fuel mileage than its
competitors, while its high roof and large door openings give the van
class-leading cargo carrying ability.  Large delivery companies have moved to
Sprinter vans, and it's also become a favorite of small businesses such as
catering firms and building trades.

Mercedes-Benz USA began offering the Sprinter line through select
Mercedes-Benz dealers in 2010.  The Sprinter has been sold in the U.S. since
2001 by Freightliner, the industry's leading manufacturer of medium and
heavy-duty trucks in North America.  In the U.S., the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
is targeted toward small businesses and large delivery corporations, while the
Freightliner version continues to be available to its established customer
base of commercial vehicle operators and local government fleets.  Both MBUSA
and Freightliner are divisions of Daimler AG, the world's largest manufacturer
of commercial vehicles. 

The Sprinter van line includes five models:

Cargo Van – Available in three different body lengths and two roof heights,
the popular Sprinter cargo van is already a familiar sight across the U.S. 
Used by diverse businesses from freight delivery services and dry cleaners to
florists and gourmet caterers, the cargo van features a best-in-class payload
capacity of up to 5,415 pounds and cargo capacity of up to 547 cubic feet. 
The van also boasts the largest side- and rear-door openings as well as the
lowest load floor and step-in height of any full-size van.

Chassis Cab – A highly flexible platform or "stake-body" van, the Sprinter
chassis cab can be finished as a tradesman's tool and parts vehicle or an
agri-farming flatbed.  Available in two wheelbase lengths, the chassis cab
platform can also accommodate the installation of special cargo boxes ranging
from motor homes and medical emergency units to full kitchens and refrigerated
compartments.

Passenger Van  –  With four rows of seats for up to 12 occupants (each fitted
with an individual three-point seat belt and head restraint), the Sprinter
passenger van is intended for airport, residential care and community service
shuttles as well as limousine services.  Sprinter passenger vans can be
ordered in two different wheelbases and two roof heights.

Crew Van - Featuring a three-seat second row and an optional third-row seat,
the Sprinter crew van seats five, with all the remaining room set up for
cargo.  The crew van can carry an entire work crew to the job site and back,
plus all their tools and materials.  

MiniBus – Larger than the passenger van but similar in design, the MiniBus
features four different seating configurations.  Airport and Hotel versions
provide ample luggage areas and seating for 15 passengers.  A commuter shuttle
offers seating for 16 with optional video equipment, while a paratransit
version comes with multiple wheelchair positions, seating for up to eight
passengers and a choice of side or rear wheelchair lifts.

Both the cargo and passenger vans feature a side-door opening that's 4' 3"
wide and 59 inches high, with a 72-inch height on high-roof versions.  At the
same time, their step-in height is only 19.9 inches.  The Shuttle Bus has a
power-operated split-entry door and step that's 38 inches wide.

Fuel-Efficient BlueTEC Diesel Power

All Mercedes-Benz Sprinters are equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 diesel (188 hp,
325 lb-ft) powertrain that gets 30 percent better fuel economy than a
comparable gasoline engine.  Recent independent tests showed up to 24.9 miles
per gallon on the highway for the full-size commercial van.

Standard equipment also includes a five-speed automatic transmission,
four-wheel disc brakes and independent suspension in front as well as a solid
axle with leaf springs at the rear.  Several choices of springs, shock
absorbers and stabilizer bars provide just the right suspension for each
version of the Sprinter van. 

Finally, all Sprinter models are equipped with an industry-exclusive adaptive
ESP system, which not only provides proactive stability during all types of
driving situations as one would expect, but also adjusts the stability
algorithms according to the current vehicle load and position, as well as the
center of gravity.

Daimler Preferred Upfitter Program

Meeting the diverse needs of Sprinter customers is important, since 75 percent
of all Sprinters are sold with some type of upfitter modification.  The
Daimler Preferred Upfitter Program  is designed to ensure the quality and
safety of all modifications. To become a Preferred Upfitter, several Sprinter
specialists review each upfitter's plans, visit their facility while work is
in progress and inspect finished vans.  Approved upfitters get advance product
information, exclusive access to certain options, shipthrough service if
applicable, and also receive special programming of the electronics system
that is tailored to the customer's need and vehicle functionality.  Currently,
there are over 75 Daimler Preferred Sprinter Upfitters in the United States
and Canada.

Mercedes-Benz Safety

Every Sprinter comes with the safety features people have come to expect from
Mercedes-Benz –ADAPTIVE ESP stability and rollover control, ABS anti-lock
brakes, Brake Assist and traction control.  The driver and front passenger
seats are equipped with standard multi-stage front air bags, and side curtain
and torso air bags are optionally available.   Other options include Bi-Xenon
headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system and a Parktronic parking aid.

About Daimler Vans USA

Located in Montvale, NJ, Daimler Vans USA, LLC is an indirect wholly-owned
subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC responsible for sales and marketing of
Sprinter commercial vehicles in the U.S.  Marking the return of the
three-pointed star to the U.S. light-duty commercial vehicle market, Daimler
Vans USA markets the Sprinter van line through a network of Freightliner and
select Mercedes-Benz dealerships.  More information on Sprinter vans can be
found at www.sprintervansusa.com.

About Vincentric

Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by
identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive value.  Vincentric
data is used by organizations such as Yahoo! Autos, AOL, cars.com, Chevrolet,
Toyota, Kiplinger.com, Mercedes-Benz, Business Fleet Magazine, Volvo, NADA
Guides, BMW and Fleet-Central.com as a means of providing automotive insight
to their clientele.  Vincentric, LLC is a privately held automotive data
compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan. 
Further information regarding all of the winners of the Vincentric Bet Fleet
Value in America awards for the 2013 model year and the Vincentric methodology
is available at www.vincentric.com.

SOURCE Mercedes-Benz

Website: http://www.sprintervansusa.com
Contact: Christian Bokich, 201-573-2245, christian.bokich@mbusa.com; Dan
Barile 201-573-4785 daniel.barile@mbusa.com; Vincentric: Michelle Otremba, 248
430 4121 x109, michelle.otremba@vincentric.com
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